Calling out to all activists and legal observers – information about the Dale Farm eviction this week

Calling out to all activists and legal observers – information about the Dale Farm eviction this week – Please forward this around your networks ASAP thanks!

Today, we are witnessing the beginning of a new solidarity movement, with settled people standing up with Gypsies, Travellers and Roma to help fight for their rights. What’s happening to at Dale Farm will never happen again. Monday 19th, they will try to bulldoze Dale Farm and we strongly recommend getting here ahead of the eviction as it is likely to start at 8 am.  We will also need people to come up throughout the week of the eviction.

If you can’t make it you can support in another way, we are in desperate need of funds. Please donate!

Dale farm residents are calling on supporters to come to Dale Farm to help them stop the eviction or act as human rights monitors. 

Activists are supporting the Travellers in defending their homes and community.  There’s many different ways of getting involved – we need medics, legal observers, site defenders, cooks, etc.. More people are needed on all fronts.

Please sign up for txt alerts in case urgent information needs to get relayed or follow us on twitter.  You can send information to the legal hotline 07928669515

Getting to the site

Dale Farm is about 30-40 minutes from London by Train, you can find directions here. From Wickford Station (30 minutes journey from London), it’s a 15 minute cycle/45 minute walk from the station. To arrange a lift call the site phone: 07583621312

Please see map for more info on access to the site.  As of Saturday Sept. 17th, there are no restrictions on entering Dale Farm.

Be Prepared

Things to bring:
-warm clothes
-food
-water bottle
-sleeping bag and roll mat
-notepads, pencils
-torches
-cameras for taking photo evidence
-clean phone

Things not to bring:
-offensive weapons
-Things you would not like the police to take off you

Food

A vegan kitchen is running. We will be asking for donations to cover our costs, but it may be an early target of the Bailiffs, so please bring extra food.

Sleeping arrangements 

Sleeping space is available in caravans and residents’ homes but we encourage you to bring a tent, and you are welcome to sleep over anytime. Please bring a sleeping bag if you can, and a roll mat is highly recommended especially since most of the tent space is on hard ground.

>Legal info
Write on your arm before you get here:
Dale Farm Legal Hotline: 07928 669 515
Birds Solicitors: 07966 234 994
Hodge Jones and Allen Solicitors: 07659 111 192

Other info

Camp Constant site phone: 07583621312

The welcome pack is available here (in three formats, all versions have the same content):Dale Farm Welcome pdf or Dale Farm Welcome odt or Dale Farm Welcome word doc – if you have trouble opening any of these for any reason, please email savedalefarm@gmail.com The welcome packs contain information on Dale Farm and the political context of the current eviction, Camp Constant and what to bring, Traveller history, and legal advice for activists.

https://dalefarm.wordpress.com/activity/

People coming organised as affinity groups are very welcome.

Please promote our facebook event through social networking sites, and see the original callout here

See you here!

Camp Constant

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8 Responses to Calling out to all activists and legal observers – information about the Dale Farm eviction this week

  1. Bert says:

    WTF! Will you support me if I build on a field, without permission and without any concerns for the local residents, land, resources??

    • jani says:

      Bert, there is virtually no way to live as a traveller, or build a sustainable home, legally in the UK. It is important to recognise that these people don’t WANT to act illegally, but are forced to do so by unfair laws. Travellers and gypsies are a legitimate community, who have been very unfairly marginalised – the law needs to change. In the meantime, this existing community is about to be evicted from their homes – how would YOU feel if the lifestyle you lived gave police the right to take away your home?

      • Gordon Gekko says:

        ‘Bert, there is virtually no way to live as a traveller, or build a sustainable home, legally in the UK.’ What a load of sanctimonious claptrap. Let me see, what could they do. Oh yes, they could buy a plot of land, apply for planning permission and then move their caravans/house onto the site. Hang on a moment though; isn’t that what they’ve done already at Dale Farm. From what I can gather the council aren’t removing them from their legally obtained land.
        ‘It is important to recognise that these people don’t WANT to act illegally, but are forced to do so by unfair laws.’ The laws are not unfair, they apply to everybody, ask David Gilmour about his beach hut. I presume you’ll be going down there to defend him against these ‘unfair’ laws. You really are ridiculous with your ill thought out rants.
        ‘Travellers and gypsies are a legitimate community, who have been very unfairly marginalised….’ Travellers are not a legitimate community, Gypsies are. The Irish don’t recognise the travellers as a separate ethnic grouping and nor should we.
        ‘In the meantime, this existing community is about to be evicted from their homes…’ Rubbish, their buildings are being removed. They are only being cleared to allow removal of the various illegal buildings. They will be able to return to the land afterwards but sans buildings.
        ‘….how would YOU feel if the lifestyle you lived gave police the right to take away your home?’ Don’t break the law and it can’t happen.
        Your writing is nothing more than a histrionic diatribe with a complete absence of fact.

  2. John Geoffrey Walker says:

    The donations link seems not to be working.

  3. Sicina Hej says:

    I’m so glad I’ve found this blog.
    I wonder if you could put me in touch of the activists or group leaders involved in organising the resistance.
    My position is that I have recently bought a piece of land that I would like to build a house and settle down to a nice retirement. It has lovely views and is very quiet and peaceful.
    Unfortunately the local council have told me that due to some nonsense about “planning permission” and “SSSI” – whatever that means – I’m not able to do it.
    It just doesn’t seem fair. I’m an old man, not in the best of health and it cost me my last 10 grand to buy this piece of prime real estate (a bargain really – I don’t know why more people haven’t done it).
    Anyway if you could contact me to let me know how many will mobilise to assist me.
    If it helps to persuade you – i have a second home in Scotland and I drive a Range Rover Vogue SE.
    Thanks in advance.

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